Iran has an embarrassing problem which illustrates what we can do with computers today. If you were to ask, even a few years ago, what we had to do to take out Iran's nuclear capabilities, you would probabley be told what Senator McCain suggested: "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran"
However, it appears no bombing may be necessary. It turns out Iran's computers at their nuclear sites have been strategically infected with a computer worm they can't figure out how to remove. Of course, just a couple weeks ago President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured the word they quickly discovered the worm and took care of it. However, the above article suggests this is not the case.
This has caused me to marvel what we can accomplish with computers these days. We appear to live in a world where you can take out your enemy from the comfort of your own home. :)
Some choice quotes from the article:
1. A little about the worm itself.
The Stuxnet worm... is the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever created... It was a cybermissile designed to penetrate advanced security systems. It was equipped with a warhead that targeted and took over the controls of the centrifuge systems at Iran’s uranium processing center... and it had a second warhead that targeted the massive turbine at the nuclear reactor in Bashehr.2. My favorite quote of all:
“The Iranians don’t have the depth of knowledge to handle the worm or understand its complexity,” ... raising the possibility that they may never succeed in eliminating it.3. And finally, what may be Iran's best case scenario?:
They are completely dependent on outside companies for the construction and maintenance of their nuclear facilities. They should throw out their computers as well. But they can’t...
“With the best of expertise and equipment it would take another year for the plants to function normally againWell, good luck Iran. But the good news for you is if this is successful enough you may avoid McCain's plan B. :)